SelfMadeHero is a British graphic novel and manga publishing company, and imprint of Metro Media Ltd, who specialise in adapting works of literature. The company received the 2011 Kitschies Black Tentacle award.[2]

Parent companyMetro Media Ltd
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
DistributionAbrams Books (US)
Canadian Manda Group (Canada)
Abrams & Chronicle Books (UK)
Thames & Hudson (Australia)[1]
Key peopleEmma Hayley
Fiction genresGraphic novels
ImprintsManga Shakespeare
Eye Classics
Crime Classics
Graphic Biography


They launched with two lines in 2007:

  • Manga Shakespeare produces works based on the Bard but with different settings - mainly Japan in the past and future[3]
  • Eye Classics are adaptations of great classic works, like those of Poe and Kafka

In 2009 SelfMadeHero expanded to include:

  • Sherlock Holmes series: including Hound of the Baskervilles and Study in Scarlet.
  • Graphic Biography: launched in October 2009 with Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness The series tells the fascinating life stories of both public and private figures. It includes era-defining pop-culture icons such as Johnny Cash and Hunter S. Thompson.

In 2010 SelfMadeHero expand to include:

  • Gift Books: featuring 'beautifully produced, non-fiction titles based on iconic cartoon and comic book characters'.

For the moment the adaptations will be the main focus for publications, but director Emma Hayley has said they hope to publish original material in the future.[4]

Manga Shakespeare

The adaptations of Shakespeare's plays were made by Richard Appignanesi (who previously worked on Icon Books' Introducing... series), with the art created by UK-based manga artist who have come to prominence via Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga (United Kingdom & Ireland) competition, their work for Sweatdrop Studios or London manga collective Umisen Yamisen.

  • Hamlet (art by Emma Vieceli, March 2007, ISBN 978-0-9552856-1-5)[5]
  • Romeo and Juliet (art by Sonia Leong, March 2007, ISBN 978-0-9552856-0-8)
  • The Tempest (art by Paul Duffield, September 2007, ISBN 978-0-9552856-2-2)
  • Richard III (art by Patrick Warren, September 2007, ISBN 978-0-9552856-3-9)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (art by Kate Brown, February 2008, ISBN 978-0-9552856-4-6)
  • Julius Caesar (art by Mustashrik, June 2008, ISBN 978-0-9552856-5-3)
  • Macbeth (art by Robert Deas, June 2008, ISBN 978-0-9552856-6-0)
  • As You Like It (art by Chie Kutsuwada, January 2009, ISBN 978-0-9558169-0-1)
  • Othello (art by Ryuta Osada, January 2009, ISBN 978-0-9558169-5-6)
  • Henry VIII (art by Patrick Warren, May 2009, ISBN 978-1-906838-02-7)
  • King Lear (art by ILYA, May 2009, ISBN 978-0-9558169-7-0)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (art by Emma Vieceli, May 2009, ISBN 978-0-9558169-6-3)
  • The Merchant of Venice (art by Faye Yong, September 2009, ISBN 978-0-9558169-1-8)
  • Twelfth Night (art by Nana Li, September 2009, ISBN 978-0-9558169-9-4)

Eye Classics

The creators are drawn from a British comic background (in particular Nevermore) but also include screenwriters and more traditional artists.

Crime Classics

The Crime Classics line began with set of four adaptations of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories, adapted by Ian Edginton, with art by I. N. J. Culbard:

Rachel Cooke reviewed A Study in Scarlet for The Observer and concluded:

It also includes an adaptation of The Hot Rock by Donald E. Westlake, the first in the series of books that feature John Dortmunder.

Graphic Biography

See also


  1. "SelfMadeHero". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  2. "The 2011 Kitschies, presented by The Kraken Rum". 4 February 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  3. Shakespeare gets comic treatment, BBC, May 11, 2007
  4. Self Made Hero, Shakespeare & Manga Archived 2009-09-06 at the Wayback Machine, Newsarama, November 1, 2007
  5. Manga Hamlet by The Bard?, BBC Radio Cambs, March 9, 2007
  6. Review of Nevermore, The Guardian, November 17, 2007
  7. Cooke, Rachel (November 14, 2010). "At the Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft/Culbard – review". The Observer.
  8. Croonenborghs, Bart (January 26, 2011). "At the Mountains of Madness with H.P. Lovecraft". The Comics Journal.
  9. Cooke, Rachel (March 28, 2010). "A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Edginton and INJ Culbard". The Observer. Retrieved March 28, 2010.
  10. Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness by Reinhard Kleist, The Guardian, October 24, 2009
  11. "Have Mercy on Me". The Smart Set. Retrieved 2018-09-20.


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